Wednesday 22 November 2017

Lennon's depression battle

Hibs boss Neil Lennon. Pic: PA Wire
Hibs boss Neil Lennon. Pic: PA Wire

Neil Lennon has revealed he battled a bout of depression while leading Hibernian to their Ladbrokes Championship title.

The former Celtic captain has spoken previously about how he struggled with his mental health during his playing days.

And he has again opened up on the issues he continues to face now that he has moved into management.

The Easter Road boss confessed he found himself feeling low as the efforts required to guide the Leith outfit back to the top flight took their toll.

But in the wake of the news that namesake Everton winger Aaron Lennon had last week been detained under the Mental Health Act, with his club saying he was suffering from a stress-related illness, the Hibs coach urged others dealing with depression to seek help.

Lennon said: "The job is difficult enough when you're feeling okay.

"But when you suffer from a bout of depression everything is magnified. You feel 10 times worse about things. I did have an episode of it this season for about four or five weeks and the club were great about it.

"They were really supportive, as were my back-room staff as well. I got through it okay and came out the other side. When you come out the other side it's a great feeling."

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